From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, a test of the Temple University emergency notification system, TU-Alert, will be conducted. This will only be a test.
"This test will accomplish several goals," said Timothy O'Rourke, vice president of Computer and Information Services. "It will help us gain a better understanding of the TU-Alert system and its capabilities. In addition, the test will give us an opportunity to demonstrate the system's strengths under non-emergency circumstances.
"Finally, it is a chance to encourage everyone to sign up so that the university can contact them in case of a real emergency," added O'Rourke.
In addition to emergencies, O’Rourke said the system will be activated when weather conditions force the university to delay or cancel classes.
In the event of an actual emergency where immediate notification to students and employees is required, Temple will use several means to notify students and employees:
- An e-mail will be sent to all students and employees;
- A voice message and text message will be sent to all individuals who have signed up to receive such messages;
- A yellow bar will be placed across the top of the Temple home page at www.temple.edu as an alert immediately upon notification of the emergency. This bar will link to an emergency notification page with additional information.
To sign up for text messages and voice messages:
- Go to http://owlnet.temple.edu and log in.
- Click on the Update Address tab at the top of the screen.
- Click on Emergency Notification on the left menu.
- Follow the instructions to fill in your information.
- When you have finished, click on Go.
- Go to http://ess.temple.edu and log in.
- Under the My Profile section on the left, click on Emergency Notification.
- Follow the instructions to fill in your information in section 1 or section 2.
- When you have finished, click on Update.
- Next, enter your AccessNet password and click on Confirm.